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Building Technology Heritage Library

The Building Technology Heritage Library (BTHL) is primarily a collection of American and Canadian, pre-1964 architectural trade catalogs, house plan books and technical building guides. Trade catalogs are an important primary source to document past design and construction practices. These materials can aid in the preservation and conservation of older structures as well as other research goals.

About the Building Technology Heritage Library

The BTHL contains materials from various private and institutional collections. These materials are rarely available in most architectural and professional libraries. The first major architectural trade catalog collection is that of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, which encompasses more that 4,000 catalogs from the early 19th century through 1963. In addition to the architectural trade catalogs, the initial contributions include a large number of house plan catalogs, which will be of great interest to owners of older homes. The future growth of the Building Technology Heritage Library will also include contemporary materials on building conservation.

Searching the collection

The BTHL keywords include the standard subject headings used by the Library of Congress and an additional nomenclature used by the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). The CSI Master Format 2004 Numbers and Titles have been used for most materials. This will allow contemporary practitioners to search through historic archives with a modern nomenclature.

The Construction Specification Institute Master Format 2004 Numbers and Titles

Division 00 – Procurement and Contracting Requirements
Division 01 – General Requirements
Division 02 – Existing Conditions
Division 03 – Concrete
Division 04 – Masonry
Division 05 – Metals
Division 06 – Wood, Plastics, and Composites
Division 07 – Thermal and Moisture Protection
Division 08 – Openings
Division 09 – Finishes
Division 10 – Specialties
Division 11 – Equipment
Division 12 – Furnishings
Division 13 – Special Construction

Facility Services Subgroup

Division 21 – Fire Suppression
Division 22 – Plumbing
Division 23 – Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning
Division 25 – Integrated Automation
Division 26 – Electrical
Division 27 – Communications
Division 28 – Electronic Safety and Security

Site and Infrastructure Subgroup

Division 31 – Earthwork
Division 32 – Exterior Improvements
Division 33 – Utilities
Division 34 – Transportation
Division 35 – Waterway and Marine Construction

Process Equipment Subgroup

Division 40 – Process Integration
Division 41 – Material Processing and Handling Equipment
Division 42 – Process Heating, Cooling, and Drying Equipment
Division 43 – Process Gas and Liquid Handling, Purification and Storage Equipment
Division 44 – Pollution Control Equipment
Division 45 – Industry-Specific Manufacturing Equipment
Division 48 – Electrical Power Generation

About the Association for Preservation Technology

Association for Preservation Technology International is a cross-disciplinary, membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings. APT is an international organization based in North America. APT members, who hail from more than 30 countries, include preservationists, architects, engineers, conservators, consultants, contractors, crafts persons, curators, developers, educators, historians, landscape architects, students, technicians, and other persons directly involved in the application of methods and materials to maintain, conserve, and protect historic structures and sites for future use and appreciation. The international, interdisciplinary character of APT - with its outstanding publications, conferences, training courses, awards, student scholarships, regional chapters, and technical committees - makes it the premier worldwide network for anyone involved in the field of historic preservation.

Thanks to our sponsors and contributors:

The Building Technology Heritage Library has been supported by grants from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Historic Preservation Education Foundation, the National Center for Preservation Training and Technology and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. In kind contributions have been provided by the Association for Preservation Technology, the Internet Archive, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Mike Jackson, FAIA, and Dean Koga.

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Additional Collections

TOPIC
domestic architecture 1,044
Division 09 998
house plans -- catalogs 796
Division 26 681
Division 23 667
Division 08 521
designs and plans 519
Division 06 443
Division 05 427
Division 12 397
Division 07 391
HVAC 365
Division 22 315
Division 03 308
Division 10 279
paint -- catalogs 276
lighting 265
interior decoration 250
Division 04 212
residential designs and plans 207
light fixtures 196
heating 181
concrete 170
Division 32 167
roofing 167
Division 11 165
house plans 161
finishes 149
windows 140
paint 135
fences -- catalogs, Division 32 123
wood 117
heating -- catalogs 110
radiators 109
Electrical 104
plumbing 96
flooring 89
openings 87
boilers 86
roofing -- catalogs 86
ventilation 86
Lighting 84
furnaces 82
furnishings 82
metals 79
doors 78
resilient flooring 78
lumber 77
wood windows 75
asbestos 73
millwork 73
cement 70
kitchens 70
plumbing fixtures 70
steel windows 70
farm fence 68
prefabricated 68
ornamental metals 67
door hardware 65
residential kitchen appliances 64
wood doors 63
interior lighting fixtures, lamps, and ballasts 62
lawn fence 61
electric lighting -- catalogs 60
sheet metal 60
Division 14 59
hardware 59
heating stoves 59
Plumbing 56
concrete forming 56
architectural woodwork 55
kit houses 55
wire fences 55
windows -- catalogs 54
wiring devices 54
Division 33 53
residential plumbing fixtures 53
structural steel 53
flooring -- catalogs 52
interior painting 51
ranch houses 51
rugs 51
Heating 50
insulation 49
masonry 49
woodwork 49
asphalt shingles 48
lighting -- catalogs 48
metal roofing 48
hardware -- catalogs 47
Exterior Lighting 46
kit homes 46
ranges 46
kitchen casework 45
steel 45
concrete -- catalogs 44
furniture 44
window hardware 44
Finishes 43
electricity 43
exterior lighting 43
lighting fixtures 43
plaster 43
stoves 43
Division 13 42
bathrooms 42
heating boilers 42
metal windows 42
street lighting 42
varnish 42
furniture -- catalogs 41
storefronts 41
plumbing fixtures -- catalogs 40
wire fence 40
wood -- catalogs 40
fans 39
doors -- catalogs 38
fences and gates 38
plumbing -- catalogs 38
unit heaters 38
cabinets 37
lamps 37
wood trim 37
roadway lighting 36
batteries 35
exterior painting 35
linoleum 35
painting and coating 35
rough carpentry 35
sheathing 35
tin ceilings 35
wood framing 35
decorative metal 34
farm buildings 34
fireplaces 34
garages 34
steam heating 34
trees 34
Furniture 33
Openings 33
bridges 33
copper 33
glass 33
light bulbs 33
shrubs 33
air conditioning 31
brick masonry 31
building materials -- catalogs 31
electric lighting 31
painting 31
prefabricated houses 31
railings 31
Cabinets 30
Kitchens 30
Wood Plastics and Composites 30
glazing 30
metal lath 30
tile 30
Building materials -- Catalogs 29
brick 29
cottages 29
ornamental woodwork 29
structural concrete 29
woodwork -- catalogs 29
Division 41 28
Kitchen casework 28
bungalows 28
carpets 28
electrical 28
gutters 28
kitchens -- catalogs 28
plants 28
timber 28
Thermal and Moisture Protection 27
concrete reinforcing 27
display windows 27
lath 27
plants and bulbs 27
specialties 27
stucco 27
wall coverings 27
wood stairs 27
Metals 26
casement windows 26
ceramic tile 26
cypress 26
domestic architecture -- catalogs 26
mouldings 26
paints 26
shingles 26
wallpapering 26
agricultural buildings 25
aluminum 25
building materials 25
gas lighting -- catalogs 25
gates 25
interior lighting 25
wallpaper -- catalogs 25
walls 25
Concrete 24
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Title
Date Published
Creator
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Modern Home Plans
12,333
6
1
48 p., illus., plans, 28 cm
( 1 reviews )
Topics: house plans -- catalogs, domestic architecture, residential designs and plans, ranch houses
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Douglas Fir Plywood Assoc.
7,882
13
1
38 p., illus., plans, 28 cm
( 1 reviews )
Topics: house plans --- catalogs, domestic architecture, residential designs and plans, vacation houses,...
48 p., illus., 28 cm, trade literature
( 1 reviews )
Topics: electrical, Division 26, wiring
24 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 21 cm., trade catalog
Topics: mahogany, Division 06, wood, lumber, furniture
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Fort Pitt Hardware Co.
5,752
7
1
309 p. illus. (BW line drawings, trade catalog
( 1 reviews )
Topics: Division 08, openings, hardware, door hardware, tools
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Darling Brothers Limited
5,029
0
0
Darling Centrifugal Pumps, CCA ID:93-B1068, 1942
Topics: Division 22, pumps, centrifugal pumps
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Canadian Engineering Publications/ Later edition by Guild Publications Ltd
4,555
1
0
Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID 85-B13666, ca.1959, 336 p, 29 cm
Topics: construction materials, architectural materials, manufactures catalog
Building Technology Heritage Library
by G. I. Sellers and Sons. Co.
4,075
3
0
28p, B&W illus and photos, trade catalog
Topic: Kitchens, Cabinets, Furniture, Kitchen casework, Division 12, furnishings
71 -., ill., 17 cm, trade catalog
Topics: paint -- catalogs, Division 09, pigments, colors
Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA CORM10; ID:91-B2143, ca.1941, 718 p, 28 cm
Topics: Division 05, Metals, Division 23, HVAC, Instrumentation and Control for HVAC, prospectus, valves...
168 p. ; ill. ; 32 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: commercial ranges, heating stoves, furnaces, heating boilers -- catalogs, Division 10, Division 11,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Emerson Electric Manufacturing Co.
3,544
1
0
25 p., ill., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: fans, ceiling fans, exhaust fans
280 p. : ill. ; 28 cm., trade catalog
Topics: electrical, Division 26, wiring devices
Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID:85-B7501, ca. 1945, 964 p, 28 cm
Topics: Division 26, Electrical, Electrical Systems, Electrical Equipment
23 p., 28 cm
Topics: oil stoves, cook stoves, water heaters, Division 15
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Canadian General Electric Company Limited
3,118
3
0
Canadian catalog, equipment for commercial, industrial and floodlighting requirements, Catalog 49L, CCA ID:87-B14795, 235 p., 1949
Topics: Division 26, Lighting, Lighting fixtures, luminaires
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Johns-Manville Corporation
2,953
0
0
Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID:96-B1912, 1948, 54 p, 28 cm
Topics: Division 07, Thermal and Moisture Protection, Steep Slope Roofing, Roofing and Siding Panels,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Seth Thomas Clock Co.
2,736
4
1
72 p, B&W illus and photos
( 1 reviews )
Topics: clocks, exterior clocks, tower clocks
32 p. : ill., plans ; 25 cm., trade catalog
Topics: wall board, Division 06, cementitious sheathing, asbestos, asbestos-cement panels, domestic...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Armstrong Cork Co.
2,489
6
0
352 p, color photos and plates, trade catalog
Topic: Flooring, linoleum, Division 09, finishes
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Home Plan Book Co.
2,406
4
0
52 p, B&W illus and photos
Topics: house plans -- catalogs, domestic architecture, residential designs and plans
23 p., illus., 22 x 29 cm, trade catalog
Topics: fireplaces, Division 10, specialties, masonry fireplaces, interior decoration
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Superior Fire Place Co.
2,327
1
0
51 p., illus., 22 x 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: fireplaces, Division 10, specialties, masonry fireplaces, interior decoration
1119 p. : ill. ; 24 cm., trade catalog
Topics: telephone equipment, Division 27
[110} p., illus., 28 cm, trade catalog, Catalog No. 47J
Topics: lead, Division 22, plumbing, lead pipe, sheet lead, solder
Building Technology Heritage Library
by L. J. Mueller Furnace Co.
2,170
0
0
23 pl, illus., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: furnace, Division 23, HVAC, heating, air conditioning
192 p. ; ill. ; 18 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: tools -- catalogs, construction tools -- catalogs, Division 41, manufacturing equipment, cutting...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by International Fibre Board Ltd
2,143
2
0
Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID:85-B16073, ca. 1947, 46 p, 23 cm
Topics: Division 06, Wood Plastics and Composites, Masonite Presdwood
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Benjamin Electrical Mfg Co. of Canada, Limited
2,124
1
0
Catalog C25, CCA ID:93-B1080, 196 p., 1926
Topics: Division 26, wiring devices, switches, sockets, lighting
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Excelsior Stove & Manuf. Co.
2,079
2
0
40 p., illus., 28 cm, trade catalog, Catalogue No. 49
Topics: Residential kitchen appliances, Division 11, Heating stoves, Division 10, Division 23, Furnaces
Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID:92-B2623, 1914, 389 p, 30 cm
Topics: Division 04, Masonry, Brick, Terra Cotta, Division 05, Metals, Metals, Metal Fabrication,...
Our general catalogue of paints, enamels, lacquers, stains, varnishes, kalsomines, tools, window glass ... CCA ID:87-B8654 B&W, 250 p, 1900
Topics: Division 09, Paint, Painting tools, brushes, Division 08, openings, glass
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Harris Bros. Co.
1,976
9
0
102 p, B& W illus and photos
Topics: house plans, prefabricated houses, domestic architecture, designs and plans, prefab, kit houses
1 v. (looseleaf) : 19 cm., trade catalog
Topics: brass, Division 05, copper, bronze, nickel silver
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Allen Manufacturing Company
1,925
2
0
15 p., illus, 28 cm, trade catalog, Catalog No. 3
Topics: heating stoves, Division 10, specialties, stoves
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Jungers Stove & Ranger Company
1,917
2
0
23 p. ; ill. ; 22 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: stoves -- catalogs, heaters -- catalogs, Division 23, Division 10, heating stoves, cooking stoves,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Starke-Seybold Limited, Montreal
1,839
2
0
p. [1]-152, 201-281, 301-389, 401-462, [i]-xii, plates : ill. (some col.), samples (some mounted) ; 32 cm.; trade catalog
Topics: hardware, tools, blacksmithing, tinning, gardening and farm supplies, fencing, furnishings, auto...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Eagle Foundary Co.,
1,820
1
0
[31] plates, illus., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: Residential kitchen appliances, Division 11, Heating stoves, Division 10
557 p. : ill. ; 28 cm., trade catalog
Topics: laboratory equipment, Division 12, laboratory casework
288 p. : ill. ; 26 cm., trade catalog
Topics: bar equipment, Division 11, backbar, recreational equipment, pool tables, Division 12, hospitality...
Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA CORM10(ID:85-B11659),1926, 579 p, 30 cm
Topics: Division 22, Plumbing, Plumbing Fixtures, Residential Plumbing Fixtures, Commerical Plumbing...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Pittburgh Plate Glass Company
1,719
1
0
1 v. (approx 520 p.), ill., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: glass, glazing, Division 08, special function glazing, decorative glazing, glass production,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Stanley Electric Tools
1,713
1
0
95 p. ; ill. ; 19 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: power tools -- catalogs, Division 41, machining equipment, cutting equipment, process tools
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Northern Electric Company
1,708
1
0
Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID CORM10;ID:91-B2036, ca. 1953, 218 p, 29 cm
Topics: Division 26, Electrical, Lighting, Interior Lighting, Exterior Lighting
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Black & Decker Manufacturing Co.
1,683
1
0
19 p., ill., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: power tools -- catalogs, construction tools
Building Technology Heritage Library
by James Robertson Co. Ltd
1,657
0
0
Trade catalog, Text, Illus, CCA ID:87-B17911, 1920 - 1940, 867 p, 21 cm
Topics: Division 22, Plumbing, Plumbing Piping and Pumps, Plumbing Fixtures, Residential Plumbing Fixtures,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., Inc.
1,656
0
0
24p, color illus, trade catalog
Topic: paints and coatings, interior decoration, Division 09, finishes
B&W illus. and photos, CCA PO14112, 189 p, 1914.
Topics: Division 11, Wood stoves, stoves, ranges, gas stoves, kitchen appliances
Building Technology Heritage Library
by General Electric Company
1,632
0
0
307 p. : ill. ; 27 cm., trade catalog
Topics: lighting, Division 26, street lighting, roadway lighting
436 p. : ill. ; 23 cm., trade catalog
Topics: drafting instruments, surveying instruments
170 p. ; ill. ; 19 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: structural steel -- catalogs, Division 05, structural steel members, steel shapes, beam and column...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Kawneer Corp.
1,532
1
0
20p, B & W illus, trade catalog
Topics: storefronts, aluminum-framed storefronts, display windows, Division 08, openings
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Sears, Roebuck & Co.
1,510
2
0
60 p., illus., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: stoves, Division 11, equipment, residential kitchen appliances, ranges, Division 10, heating stoves
683 p. ; ill. ; 22 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: locks and keys -- catalogs, Division 08, hardware, door hardware
[8], 320 p. : ill. ; 24 cm., trade catalog
Topics: artists' materials, drafting instruments, paints
144 p. ; ill. ; 23 cm. ; trade catalog
( 1 reviews )
Topics: stoves -- catalogs, Division10, Division 23, furnaces, heating stoves
79 p., illus., 23 cm, trade catalog
Topics: heating stoves, Division 10, specialties, stoves, kitchen appliances, ranges
Building Technology Heritage Library
by United States Gypsum Co.
1,482
0
0
31 p. : ill. ; 28 cm. trade catalog
Topics: tile, Division 04, gypsum unit masonry, pyrobar gypsum tile
Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID:85-B2633, 1935, 754 p, 19 cm
Topics: Division 21, Fire Suppression, Water-Based Fire-Suppression Systems, Division 22, Plumbing,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by W.F. Whitney Company
1,480
2
0
64 p. ; ill. ; 32 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: furniture -- catalogs, Division 12, Division 08, couches and loveseats, upholstered seating,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Standard Sanitary Mfg. Co.
1,470
3
0
64p, B&W & color photos, trade catalog
Topic: Plumbing, plumbing fixtures, Division 22
256 p. : ill. ; 22 cm., Trade Catalog
Topics: Photographic Industry, Division 12, Furnishings, Photographic Materials, Photography, Prints
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Atlas Portland Cement Co.
1,466
1
0
36 p. tables, 20 cm, trade catalog
Topics: concrete -- catalogs, Division 03
182 p. ; ill. ; 28 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: millwork (woodwork) -- catalogs, doors -- catalogs, Division 06, Division 08, wood posts and...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Perfection Stove Company
1,460
0
0
23 p., illus., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: heating stoves, Division 10, specialties, stoves
96 p., illus., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: Plumbing, Division 22, plumbing fixtures, bathrooms, residential plumbing fixtures, building...
63 p., illus., 27 cm, trade catalog
Topics: brass, copper, bronze, Division 05, metals, nails, plumbing, roofing accessories
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Federal Cement Tile Co.
1,409
1
0
32 p, blueprint details
Topics: Roofing, cement tile, concrete roof tile
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Perfection Stove Company
1,408
0
0
[14] p., ill, 15 x 17 cm, trade catalog
Topics: stoves, ranges, Division 10, residential kitchen appliances
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Janney, Semple, Hill & Co.
1,399
1
0
290 p. ; ill. ; 26 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: stoves -- catalogs, furnaces -- catalogs, Division 10, Division 22, Division 23, heating stoves,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Apparatus Co., c1931.
1,393
2
0
521 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.; trade catalog
Topics: Scientific instruments, supplies for the physics laboratory, Division 11 - Educational and...
506 p. ; ill. ; 28 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: hospitality furniture -- catalogs, Division 08, Division 10, Division 12, Division 22, Division 23,...
1 v. (various pagings) : ill. ; 29 cm., trade catalog
Topics: lighting, Division 26, light fixtures
xii, 472 p., [1] leaf of plates : ill., port. ; 30 cm.; trade catalog
Topics: Structural iron and steel, Division 05, iron works, bridges, cranes, plant machinery, mechanical...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by General Electric Company.
1,342
1
0
41 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Topics: Ventilation, Division 23, fans, ceiling fans, floor fans, table fans